Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

HAMLET GLOBE TO GLOBE by Dominic Dromgoole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2017

"Sly, witty, and delightful—a glorious Shakespearean romp."
Knock, knock. Who's there? Hamlet. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S LIEUTENANTS by Stephen W. Sears
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A staggering work of research by a masterly historian."
From "Old Fuss and Feathers" Winfield Scott to Ulysses S. Grant, the succession of Northern generals during the Civil War receives a thorough scouring in this massive, elegant study. Read full book review >

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER by Wayne Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"It is unimaginable that any life of Cooper will surpass this fascinating book."
The second volume of a majestic biography covers the 19th-century author's most productive decades. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects."
Summer of Sam? Fuggedaboudit. If you want to scare a New Yorker of a certain age, evoke the Mad Bomber, the subject of this taut true-crime whodunit. Read full book review >
INFINITE TUESDAY by Michael Nesmith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A book—and a life—unlike any other in rock."
This selectively revealing, insightful memoir casts the cerebral Monkee as a spiritual seeker and self-deprecating visionary. Read full book review >

MAGNETIC CITY by Justin Davidson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A worthy companion to Alfred Kazin's A Walker in the City and the American Institute of Architects guides to the architecture of New York as well as a treat for fans of the metropolis."
A street-level celebration of New York City in all "its perpetual complexity and contradiction." Read full book review >
EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE by Gabrielle Bell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A provocative, moving, and darkly funny book that seems almost worth the crises that it chronicles."
The latest from one of the finest contemporary graphic artists. Read full book review >
IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS by Kristen Radtke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Powerfully illustrated and incisively written—a subtle dazzler of a debut."
Insights and images combine in a meditation on loss, grief, and the illusions of permanence. Read full book review >
WITNESS TREE by Lynda V. Mapes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A meticulously, beautifully layered portrayal of vulnerability and loss, renewal and hope, this extensively researched yet deeply personal book is a timely call to bear witness and to act in an age of climate-change denial."
A textured story of a rapidly changing natural world and our relationship to it, told through the lens of one tree over four seasons. Read full book review >
DOWN THE UP STAIRCASE by Bruce D. Haynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A candid and profoundly personal contribution to America's racial history."
A family's story reflects social upheaval. Read full book review >
LUCKY JIM by James Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A finely written, painful, but profound book."
A former business executive tells the moving story of his rise from poverty to privilege and the secrets that haunted—and almost destroyed—his life. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A vivid, fascinating revisitation of a time and series of episodes fast receding into history even as their forgotten survivors still walk among us."
"Kool-Aid rather than equality is what the rest of the world remembers"—a searing account of what has since become a byword for religious cultism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >